Welcome to this edition of my Community Newsletter.
In recent weeks I have:
Welcomed commencement of work on the clean up of Yeramba Lagoon
Announced the winner of the Banks Leadership Scholarship and Junior Leadership Scholarship for 2017
Been sworn in as Assistant Minister for Finance
Announced Federal funding for Penshurst West Cricket to upgrade nets at Olds Park
Awarded the winner of the Banks Christmas Card Competition
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone all the best for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
David Coleman MP Federal Member for Banks
OUT AND ABOUT IN BANKS
David has been meeting with residents across the electorate.
Presented awards at the Bankstown Vietnamese Language School at Bankstown Girls High School
Celebrated the achievements of students at the Blakehurst High School Presentation Evening
Attended the Carlton South Public School Presentation Day
Presented awards at Connells Point Public School's Presentation Day
Attended the East Hills Girls High School Presentation Day
Met with East Hills Rugby League
Presented awards at the Hurstville South Public School Presentation Day
Attended the St George and Sutherland Shire Table Tennis Presentation Night
Attended the St George Business Chamber AGM
Met with Georges River Council about local cricket facilities
Attended the Jumbonote Music Presentation Day
Presented awards at the Padstow North Public School Presentation Day
Attended the St Therese Primary School Presentation Day
Celebrated the Graduation of Year 6 students from St Christopher's Primary School, Panania
Visited Panania Childcare Centre to present awards for the Banks Christmas Card Competition
Presented awards to students from the Macedonian Language School at Peakhurst West Public School
Hosted the annual Banks Community Christmas Morning Tea at Olds Park Sports Club
Attended the SING Australia St George End of Year Concert at Peakhurst South Public School
Attended the Penshurst West Public School Presentation Day
Presented awards at the Picnic Point High School Presentation Day
Attended the Australian Air League Riverwood Squadron's Annual Presentation and Christmas Celebration at Bland Oval
Presented awards to the Year 6 Graduates of St Joseph's Primary School, Riverwood
Announced the winner of the Banks Christmas Card Competition for Primary Schools at St Joseph's Primary School, Riverwood
Presented awards at De La Salle College's Presentation Day
Announced the winners of the 2017 Banks Leadership Scholarship and Junior Leadership Scholarship at Revesby South Public School
Attended the St Raphael's Primary School Presentation Day
WORK UNDERWAY AT YERAMBA LAGOON IN PICNIC POINT
Work is underway at Yeramba Lagoon in Picnic Point, with three teams working to remove weeds from the waterway.
In addition to the Green Army team, which is currently removing invasive species from around the Lagoon, a team of professional bush regeneration contractors have now started work, spraying water-borne weeds in the Lagoon.
"It is great to see teams on the ground at Yeramba Lagoon," David said. "This is a big job, and I'm pleased that the Federal Government has been able to get this project underway.
The Green Army team, a project funded by the Federal Government, commenced work in October.
The Federal Government has also committed to funding the restoration of the weir structure at Yeramba Lagoon. Work will continue in 2018
PEAKHURST AND PADSTOW STUDENTS WIN BANKS LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
The winners of the 2017 Banks Leadership Scholarships were announced on December 13, with the high school award given to Kirsten Beccaris, a Year 10 student from Georges River College Peakhurst Campus, and the Junior Scholarship awarded to Thomas Forrester, a Year 6 student from St Therese Catholic Primary School in Padstow.
The Banks Leadership Scholarship was launched in 2013 by David and is given to the Year 10 student in Banks who displays the strongest combination of academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement.
“Kirsten is an outstanding student who deserves this Scholarship,” David said.
The Banks Junior Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a Year 6 student, who excels in a range of disciplines.
"Thomas shows a strong commitment not only to his academic results, but to his school and parish," David said.
As the winner of the Banks Leadership Scholarships, Kirsten and Thomas received a framed certificate, an Australian Flag, a Constitution of Australia booklet, lunch and guided tour with family in Parliament House, Canberra, funds towards educational expenses and book vouchers.
DAVID SWORN IN AS ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR FINANCE
David was recently sworn in by the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, as the Assistant Minister for Finance.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at Government House in Canberra on December 20.
“It is a great honour to be given the responsibility of this role," David said.
“I look forward to working closely with the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann. As Assistant Minister I will be involved in a range of policy issues, focusing on policies that will underpin the ongoing strength of our economy. ”
The Department of Finance coordinates the annual Budget process and is the owner of many of the Government’s assets. It also plays a key role in managing issues across the public sector such as Government procurement and the efficiency of the public service.
FEDERAL GRANT FOR PENSHURST WEST CRICKET CLUB
David recently announced that Penshurst West Cricket Club will receive $11 500 towards the installation of new practice nets at Olds Park.
The grant was awarded under the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Program.
"I'm really pleased that we have been able to secure funding towards this project," David said. "We have a strong cricketing community in the St George area, and it will be good to have facilities to support Penshurst West Cricket club and a number of other teams in the area."
The project includes the installation of a new run-up surface and more durable netting.
"I'd like to acknowledge the work of David and Belinda Gibson of the Penshurst West Youth Cricket Club for their work on this important project," David said.
OATLEY STUDENT WINS THE 2017 BANKS CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION
Pippa Kennard from Oatley West Public School has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Banks Christmas Card Competition.
Since its inception in 2013, the Banks Christmas Card Competition has been held annually by David.
Each year, one winner and nine runners-up have their drawing featured on David’s annual Christmas cards. The cards are distributed to people including the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament and local community groups.
"Each year the Banks Christmas Card Competition attracts more entries," David said.“This year we received more than 1000 entries from across the Banks electorate”.
The winners of the Primary School Christmas Card Competition were announced at a presentation on December 14 at St Joseph's, Riverwood.
"Thank you to all the students who participated in the competition," David said.
Above: Pippa's winning entry
BANKS COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD
If your Community organisation would like an event placed on the Community Noticeboard please contact me.
THE BENEVOLENT SOCIETY
The Benevolent Society offers the SaverPlus Program to help people establish good savings habits. Savings of up to $500 are matched dollar for dollar. For more information contact your local Saver Plus Coordinator on 0409 013 183 Mimi Liu, or enquire online at www.saverplus.org.au, call or SMS your name and postcode to 1300 610 355, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Program is funded by ANZ and the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.
BANKSTOWN BUSHWALKING CLUB
The Club offers a range of bushwalks (from easier ½ day strolls to harder multi-day walks and weekend backpack camping trips), as well as a variety of social activities held in local bushland areas, in the Greater Sydney region, and in surrounding National Parks - Royal, Blue Mountains, Wollemi and further afield.
Members and Visitors are encouraged to attend Club meetings (7:30 pm on the second Monday each month, except Dec and Jan) at Georges Hall Community Centre, 188 Birdwood Road, Georges Hall, NSW. Further information: http://www.bankstownbushwalkingclub.org.au/. Membership Enquiries: Glenda – email@example.com or 0422 089 606 (text preferred).
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION
CBTA seeks volunteers to help with activities to be undertaken in community tennis administration. If you have computer skills, or love phone contact, CBTA has a job for you. See the CBTA website for more information, or call Adele on 9771 5665. You can also call Paul Burgess on 0414 767 426.
CWA GEORGES RIVER BRANCH
Join a pro-active group of ladies to learn about creative skills such as cooking and handicraft; help to raise funds for medical research, rural assistance and education scholarships and support key issues such as sustainability and the environment.
The Country Women’s Association Georges River Branch meets on the third Saturday of each month (except January) at 2:00 pm in the Sports Room, Mortdale RSL, Mortdale. Find us on Facebook on ‘CWA Georges River Branch’. For more information, contact Christine Davis on 0418406214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery Writers meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month (except January) from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm in the Miles Franklin Room, Hurstville City Library. They provide opportunities for local writers and encourage their projects. For more details contact Margaret on email@example.com.
EAST HILLS MEN'S SHED
The East Hills Men's Shed is open for business from 9am-3pm Mondays and Tuesdays. We are always looking for new members. Come in for a coffee or a chat. For more information, contact Bob Bishop on 0412 274 271.
GEORGES RIVER BUSHCARE VOLUNTEERS
Bushcare volunteering sites are located at Evatt Park, Heinrich Reserve, Lime Kiln Bay, Marine Drive Reserve, Myles Dunphy North and South, Oatley Park, Peakhurst Foreshore and the Riverwood Wetlands. For more information regarding how to volunteer, including dates and times for certain areas, please contact the Bushcare Office on 9330 6468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HURSTVILLE SENIORS COMPUTER CLUB
The Computer Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 1 pm in the Hurstville Seniors Centre, 91 Queens Road, Hurstville. The Club runs classes and has guest speakers once a month at the General Meeting. New members welcome. For more information please call 9585 9184.
ILLAWARRA SUBURBS TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Tennis is a great way to get some exercise in both a social and competitive environment. The Illawarra Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association has been running competitions in the area for over 100 years and continues to run competitions for players of all standards every day of the week. Players are welcome to join individually or form a team and join a competition. It's cheap, fun, and a great way to get some fresh air and meet some like-minded friendly people. Check their website for further details. www.stgeorgesutherlandtennis.com.au
LADIES PROBUS CLUB OF HURSTVILLE
The Ladies Probus Club of Hurstville meets on the second Wednesday of each month, except December and January, at 10 am in the Auditorium of Penshurst RSL. The Club welcomes retired and semi-retired ladies to join them for a morning of friendship. Morning tea is provided. Guest speakers and monthly day tours are enjoyed by members. Contact Lyn on 9579 5358 to find out more.
LUGARNO LIONS CLUB
The Lions Club of Lugarno meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at Mortdale RSL 7.00pm. To find out about becoming a member of Lugarno Lions, email email@example.com.
The Lugarno Lions will be selling Christmas Cake to support projects in the local community. Cakes will be available from Butchers; Barry’s at Padstow, Mick’s at Peakhurst and Bresnahan’s at Mortdale, St George Bank at Roselands and Menai, Magic Clippers Hairdresser at Riverwood Plaza, Grandviews Bowling and Mortdale RSL Clubs, and Riverwood Air League. Our members also supply their acquaintances and work colleagues.
LUGARNO PROGRESS ASSOCIATION
The Lugarno Progress Association meets at Grandviews Bowling Club - they meet on the 1st Monday of the month, except public holidays. Meetings commence at 7.30pm. For more information please contact President Ken Mason on 0416 274 881.
MULGA ROAD BOOKSHOP
Mulga Road Bookshop is a project of the Rotary Club of Hurstville. They sell quality second-hand books from $1 and all proceeds go to local charities. Gift Vouchers are also available to purchase. They are currently raising money for Rotary Kids at Play project in the Children's Ward at St. George Hospital. The Bookshop is located at 89 Mulga Road, Oatley and is open 9-5 Monday to Friday and 10-2 on Saturdays. The shop can be contacted by phone on 8034 6269 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be found on Facebook and on their website www.mulgaroadbooks.com.au
OATLEY 101 SOCIETY OF ARTISTS
The Oatley 101 Society of Artists - where artists are dedicated to sharing ideas and experiences and encouraging all aspects of artistic endeavour. There are monthly art demonstrations, workshops, regular classes in oils, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media, a Life Drawing Sketch Group, an active Social Studio Painting Group, an en plein air painting group, plus children's art classes. Visit the website: www.oatley101.com.
OATLEY FLORA AND FAUNA CONSERVATION SOCIETY (OFF)
The primary aims of the Society are to stimulate interest in Australian flora and fauna, foster an understanding of the need to conserve the natural environment and cooperate with other organisations in protecting the environment. OFF is a flourishing local organisation and welcomes new members and visitors. It holds monthly meetings with guest speakers and monthly walks. For more information see the OFF website at off.oatleypark.com.
OATLEY LIONS CLUB
Oatley Lions Club meets each month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:15 pm at Oatley RSL. Dinner meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday and include a guest speaker. Guest speakers are most welcome. For more details contact Bryan on 9579 3029 or 0412 532 260.
PANANIA SCOUTING GROUP
The 2nd Panania Scout Group is open to new members from the local area. The group supports activities like Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Day and ANZAC Day, while also hosting youth camps and activities. Joeys, for 6-8-year-olds, is held Tuesdays from 5.30-6.30pm. Cubs, for 8-11-year-olds, is held Tuesdays from 7-8.30pm. Scouts, for 11-15-year-olds, is held Monday from 7-9pm. The groups meet at the Scout Hall on Wilson Street, Panania. For inquiries, contact Lionel on 0417075227.
PANANIA VILLAGE MARKETS
The Rotary Club of Padstow will hold the Panania Village Markets on the second Saturday of each month at Panania Library Park. There are a wide variety of stalls, including homemade food, quality craft and plants. Proceeds from the markets are used to support local and charitable projects. For more information, contact Paul Laverty on 0414 675 736 or email@example.com
RIVERWOOD COMBINED PROBUS CLUB
The Riverwood Combined Probus Club invites the local community to their club meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10:15 am at Club Rivers Littleton St Riverwood. The club also hosts two walks a month, a book club, a coffee and group chat and a lunch and theatre group. For more details call Kristine on 9534 2741.
ROTARY CLUB OF PADSTOW
Want to “Make a Difference” in your local community and the world and have fun at the same time? Join us at 7 pm on any Tuesday night at the Revesby Workers Club Function Centre. For more information call Julie on 0417800023
ROTARY CLUB OF ST GEORGE NEXT GEN
Rotary Club of St George Next Gen meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:45 pm at Club Central in Hurstville. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0405 776 343.
SAFER DRIVERS COURSES
The Safer Drivers Course is a combined theoretical and practical course for learner drivers under 25 years old who have completed 50 logbook hours. It is administered through RMS and available at several local locations. For more details, please visit the website here.
If you have always wanted to have a go at singing, but have never had the chance, Sing Australia St George is for you! Our primary goal is to encourage more Australians to sing. There are no auditions, no requirements to read music and no singing experience is required. We make singing fun, there are lots of health benefits from activities such as singing and we make friends.
Sing Australia St George meets every Monday night, except public holidays, at Peakhurst South Public School Hall in Pindari Road, Peakhurst Heights, 7.30-9.30pm. To find out more, call John or Toni Darcy on 9584 1080 or email email@example.com
ST GEORGE ART SOCIETY
St George Art Society encourages fine art. Artists (and emerging artists) share ideas and experiences, learn new skills, have a chance to exhibit their art and make connections in a social community. New members are welcome.
The society’s activities are held at Kogarah School of Arts, Cnr. Queens Avenue & Bowns Road KOGARAH and include: Critique and Demonstration with guest artists; Life-Drawing with top models; a monthly Plein Air Group; a fortnightly High School Student Mentoring Program; and Sketchability, a drawing class from beginners onward.
THE ST GEORGE BRANCH OF THE ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES
The Association of Independent Retirees working for Australians in Retirement invites visitors from the Banks District. The St Geoge Branch meets monthly (except December) on the third Friday of the month. Meetings are held at Grandviews Bowling Club, 821 Forest Road, Peakhurst. Enquiries - Pat 9554 4113
The Association of Independent Retirees is a member-driven national, not for profit, non-political organisation which works to advance and protect the interests and independent lifestyle of Australians in retirement. A.I.R seeks to secure recognition and equity for Australians who, through their diligence and careful management, fully or partly self-fund their own retirement needs. Membership of A.I.R is open to retirees, semi-retirees, persons approaching retirement and corporate entities. For more info visit the A.I.R website: independentretirees.com
THE ST GEORGE CREATIVE ART & CRAFT CENTRE
St George Creative Art & Craft Centre, 23 St Georges Road, Penshurst, offers a range of classes in Art, Pottery, Patchwork, Needlework, Mosaics, card, papercraft and more. Check out our website: www.sgcacc.org.au, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 9579 3331 for information about our fun and friendly classes with our talented and experienced tutors. Adult classes are held day and evening, and after-school art classes for children.
ST GEORGE MASTERS SWIMMING CLUB
The club meets every Monday night from 7:00-8: 30 pm for the club race meet at Peakhurst West Public School Swimming Pool, Ogilvy St Peakhurst. It also runs a training session every Sunday morning from 8:00am-9: 15 am for club members. New members are welcome. For more information Ph: 0418 674 685 or email us at email@example.com
ST GEORGE RED CROSS
The St George District Red Cross meets every second Tuesday of each month at Penshurst RSL in the Legends Room. Morning tea is from 10.00am, with meetings beginning at 10.30am. The focus of the group is fundraising for the Red Cross. All are welcome. Contact Meg on 9533 1020 for further details.
Membership of VIEW is suited to all women interested in meeting regularly, establishing lasting friendships and supporting the Smith Family charity. For Clubs at Peakhurst, Riverwood and Revesby contact Ellen Gray on 9580 2991 or 0429 366 528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lugarno Evening View Club holds a dinner meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Gardens on Forest. For more information please contact Adele Persi on 9533 4345.
The Kingsgrove View Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Club Rivers. For more information please contact Lorraine Ripley on 9153 8798.
The East Hills View Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at Revesby Workers Club. For more information contact Jan McKenzie on 9724 1969 or 0408 473 037.
YWCA ENCORE EXERCISE PROGRAM
YWCA Encore is a free exercise program for women in the Revesby area who have had Breast Cancer surgery. The program involves land and pool based exercises. Participants do not need to be able to swim and pools are at a comfortable temperature. To enrol or for more information please phone 92856264 or email email@example.com.
Zonta Club of Botany Bay meets on 4th Tuesday of the month for a dinner meeting at Taren Point Bowling Club from 7 pm. If interested in attending please contact Amanda Gibson 0419010994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET IN TOUCH WITH DAVID
Please get in touch with David if there are any issues you would like to discuss. David can be reached on 9771 3400, or at email@example.com. The office is at 22 Revesby Place, Revesby and is staffed from 9am—5pm, Monday to Friday.